Wooden Gem

by Raelik

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Drama Fantasy Female Lead Gender Bender High Fantasy LitRPG Magic Mythos Portal Fantasy / Isekai Slice of Life
Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore
  • Profanity
  • Sexual Content
  • Traumatising content

Chester is called in to work early when tragedy strikes and a bored Freya, Goddess of Love and War, takes an interest in him. Propelling him into an awkward adventure as a woman in a magical world.

(That's my valiant effort at a vague description, I suggest you read a few of the reviews; they do a better job than I of telling you what you're getting into. I feel at this point if I rewrite my synopsis I'll just be stealing their thoughts but I do hope you give it a shot regardless of the Gender Bender tag. Cheers: Raelik.)

For those of you that don't read the story tags, this story is a Gender Bender. I am writing it to develop my ability to write from a female perspective; with the forgiveness of a character that was once male. If the themes generally involved in Bender's are not your thing, please kindly refrain from reading this story and ruining it, and my drive to write it in the first place, for others. I do however try to keep my stories realistic, so alot of the themes are significantly muted so far.

Fair warning, this work is largely a first draft that I've put through grammarly and Hemingway editor, so expect me to add and tighten aspects of the story over time as I work to make it clearer and add to the setting and characters. I'll likely take larger breaks after each arch to facilitate this.

Releases will be once a week. I wont guarentee a day and if I miss a week I'll make it up in the next. Work sometimes has lots of overtime.

Cheers and I hope you enjoy it's current form.


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Surprisingly engrossing little isekai.

Reviewed at: Chapter 17 listening

The story of a crude-talking Canadian mechanic who ends up dead via high speed moose collision (don't laugh, happens to something like a hundred people per year in North America) finding himself transformed into a tig 'ol bittied elf chick (go ahead and laugh at that part). With copious music references sprinked everywhere. Most of it being from the 70s.)

Don't take it too seriously, because it sure as hell doesn't take itself seriously. The story is an obvious comedy, if one with dark aspects. Though, personally, I could have done with the whole menstrual cycle being less of a conversation piece. As running gags go, it was old long before this story did it.

Surprisingly, even with that sort of a setup, it puts in about fifty times more actual effort than most isekai. The situation makes sense, the Random Omnipotent Plot Device has an actual motive, one that is understandable and sets up *goals* to the setting. Even if those goals are slow in being pursued.



The other characters (at least, the 'good guys') feel dynamic and alive- this author excels at character interplay and banter- even if thus far we haven't seen much exploration into their characters.

We have the MC. The rescued orphan (why is that such a popular trope?). And a few soldiers acting as soldiers do, and doing so with such fluidity that I suspect the author is basing them off people he's known for years.

If there was an actual *villain* involved, rather than just a bunch of random encounter bandits (again, every isekai, it's always bandits), the story would be so much stronger.

And therein lies the main problem of the story: there is no plot so far. 17 chapters in, and the only problems have been growing accustomed to the magic system and some random bandits. The MC doesn't have any plans, and the goals are too nebulous to hold a story on ther own. So it's effectively a slice-of-life at this point.

Even so, it's getting higher than average marks from me because, well, the characters are that damn engaging. It could work as a Slice of Life with a few tweaks. 

Grammar is solid, with but a small number of typos and a smooth (if impolite at times) use of language.

Style is a little weaker; the author needs to work on such things as truncated sentences and the use of commas and semicolons. A little nit-picky, perhaps, but that's what I do when there's no glaring errors to discuss. This author even manages to keep the adverbs to a minimum.

In short: if gender-bending comedy routines don't freak you out, and you are happy with a story being less 'rollercoaster' and more 'pleasant day at the lake with a buddy, some fishing poles, and a six pack', this is an excellent pick.

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Disclosure: Reviewed as part of a review swap.

It is well written, it flows nicely and I even liked the characters,  I find the approach interesting and unique, and I am sure those of you interested in a character cursed/blessed by the god of fertility will find it an entertaining read.

I ended up stopping because I have no interest in sex or charisma driven characters. Which is not to say there was much of that by chapter 5, but I think it is not for me.
I could be jumping ship too early though *shrugs*


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I liked the start, then it felt sloppy

Reviewed at: Chapter 29 Thump

We had a generic Isekai start, which isn't bad. Often times the start of the story is where the complexity beings, rather than being super complex itself. The MC got some interesting skills and classes, and I sort of liked the direction the story was going in. However, the brevity in which some situations are taken in sort of throw me off. First off, I always missed that there is barely any music 'told' in stories. Stories like the King Killer Chronicles really swept me away when it came to implementing it, and I've often daydreamed of ways I'd like to see music, vocal and instrumental, in stories. The first 2/3rd of what I've read up to this date has a nice pace, good internal thoughts, etc. Now it is starting to get sort of sloppy. I really think the idea of regurgitating whatever song you listened to last night before you wrote as what your MC is playing is sort of boring. Before we got to this setting, there is no huge setting that showed why our MC got their class or their specific abilities (like musical in their past life, or at least a lover of music to a great degree). People just don't remember every single song they heard, either, including all the notes in them and stuff. Theres a lot of plot holes so far, and you need to find some way to fill them. I'm already dropping this story, mainly because theres too much internal thoughts about wanting to play guitar instead of progressing the story. You have potential here but I don't find it entertaining enough to stick here for it. Maybe I'll pop by again down the road.

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Gender bendered into a magical world

Reviewed at: Chapter 16 Caldur

When Chester dies in a road accident he's offered a new chance by the goddess Freya. He will get transmigrated to a new world and in return he'll spread her religion that's dying out on Earth.

To get proper blessings from her he needs to sacrifice aspects of himself and she tricks him into sacrificing his manhood.

Arriving in the new world Chester, now Chess awakens to their new self. Guided by the system of the world, Chess picks her classes and begins to explore the world as well as the social and bodily implications of her new sex.

The magic system of the world is rather unique. Abilities are inheritable, but can get improved by killing and absorbing the abilities of others. The protagonist themselves is sympathetic and I'm honestly not sure why this is tagged an anti-hero story considering that's generally used for psychopathic protagonists on RR. Maybe the author intended it in the classic way where an anti-hero is just a protagonist in way over their head?

Overall an extremely enjoyable story so far. I can't wait for the next chapter :)

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Good story. The magic system seems reasonably interesting so far and Chess is a believable protagonist. There are a few grammatical errors and misspellings sprinkled around, and dialogue feels a bit stilted sometimes, but those will probably get better with experience. Overall, I enjoyed what's been written so far and am looking forward to more.

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This is an entertaining story thus far, keeping a logical system that seems like it supports more classes than the MCs like some stories I have read, it keeps a system that shows growth and provides some information and gives us a logical reason why the natives that also have it don't see certain pieces.

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A unique MC, and it continues to be a genuinely fun read. It's been quite the interesting start. XD

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I've been reading since the first chapter was posted and I'm enjoying it so far. Story has a lot of potential, I like the author's voice, and they seem to be planning things out well. 

I intend to keep reading, will update the review later. 

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Very interesting start and a believable character. I like him..her. I think to make this story better it needs to move at a faster pace. Too many chapters of not much going on. Keep up the good work.

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Really excellent. I have not read a better gender-bender story before. Seems pretty realistic for the most part...I would expect our MC to investigate her new body a little more thoroughly by day 3 or 4. I especially like how the author is creating a powerful, understated character build; something you would not expect to work as well as it does. Rpg aspects are a little "lighter" than other litrpg stories...I personally would prefer more blue boxes. Give this a read you won't be let down.